Monday, July 23, 2018

FBI releases extensive files depicting Juggalos as a menace to society

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 9:17 AM

click to enlarge A Juggalette protests the FBI's insensitivity at last September's March on Washington. - PHOTO: RENA SCHILD / SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Photo: Rena Schild / Shutterstock
  • A Juggalette protests the FBI's insensitivity at last September's March on Washington.

Up until now, it was all too easy to chalk up the Insane Clown Posse’s claim that they’re being targeted by the FBI as some figment of the same twisted imagination that spawned songs in which characters snack on Funyuns and Faygo while wandering supermarket aisles with a dead body in their shopping cart.

But no longer. In response to FOIA requests, the FBI has just released a 121-page dossier of emails, memos and other documents — complete with obligatory redactions — from its decade long investigation, which concludes that the Detroit group’s Juggalo fanbase is a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.” There’s even one claim that Los Angeles Juggalos are actively engaged in a gang war with the notorious MS-13. (Wouldn't that make them the good guys?)

Menace to society or not, the agency's take on Juggalos is at times dismissive: “The Insane Clown Posse can’t get its music on the radio, but claims to have 1 million devoted fans who call themselves “Juggalos” or “Juggalettes,” and sometimes paint their faces to look like wicked clowns.

By comparison, the Grateful Dead’s equally fervent Deadhead subculture only merited 14 pages in its FBI file, although the agency’s characterization of the band’s music is no less dismissive: “It would appear that this is a rock group of some sort.”

For more on this subject, you can check out the Indy article “Are Juggalos the Next Deadheads?"

You can also find the complete ICP dossier in the FBI's online vault.

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